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What Does Mercy Look Like?

Have you ever wondered why the theme we hear about lately is inclusive? Safe place? No hate zone? I’ve been seeing this for a while now, as I’m sure you have too. What we see now is a system that is now working to make things safe for a few, but leave the majority vulnerable.

Does Organ Donation Conflict With Your Beliefs?

Planned parenthood and their grisly involvement of selling body parts has raised up an important discussion about organ donation. Should we be an organ donor? No doubt many of us do not want to think about a loved one who has been seriously injured and have to face that decision. Some of us have easily consented by signing the back of our driver’s license.  But do we know what organ donation truly is before we jump on the bandwagon?   The Church’s position The Church sees organ donation as a love of neighbor act. To share what we have with one another is honestly a noble thing to do, however there are a few cases where this noble act is considered not noble and should be avoided. The donation of an organ that hinders the door or to function correctly–less than before.  For example, we need two eyes to function, and by donating one eye we would not function correctly as wer were intended.  Donation cannot cause death to the donor. We need our heart in order to live.  While it may be noble to give someone our heart, doing so would indeed cause our own death. Which brings me to the second point. What is brain death?  If the person’s heart is still beating, then their body is still causing blood to circulate blood to the rest of its body. This is the best time doctors say to donate organs as the person has already died but this is not really the case.  Organ transplants are in conformity with the moral law if the physical and psychological dangers and risks to...

Our Ignorance Convicts Us

So many stories have circled around the web this week,  It’s impossible to talk about them all, but these stories truly should get our attention.  One question that I kept asking was can we justify these actions by staying ignorant.  How much rope do we give “ignorance” before it hangs us?  We are called to always seek the truth, we always want to know to truth before we make an informed decision.  How much of that can we make while we refuse to open our eyes? Having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their hearts. (Ephesians 4:18)     1.  Planned Parenthood Exposed.  The biggest and ongoing news has been about Planned Parenthood and what really goes on in these clinics.  There has been an outcry on both sides of the fence–one side says that it violates the woman’s rights, the other says that it needed to be exposed.  Personally, I’m happy that it is all coming out in the open.  There are so many examples that I can think about throughout history that doesn’t justify being in the dark.  I’ll just share one: After WWII was over there was the  liberation of concentration camps.  Across Germany, civilians were told to view what was actually going on in these camps.  I would suspect that many had an idea what it looked liked–but their imagination could never really come to grip with the reality of it.  Town after town, people were brought in to help bury the remains of those who died at the camps. In...

Focusing on The 7 Spiritual Works of Mercy

These days, we are very concerned about the homeless, the poor, and the hungry and thirsty–as we should be. Many of us are caught up in the Corporal Works of Mercy—but how often do we remember that the soul needs healing and mercy too? What are the Spiritual Works of Mercy? And, what can you do to carry out these Works of Mercy? Focusing on the 7 Spiritual Works of #Mercy. Click To Tweet 1) Admonish the sinner Correcting someone who we see is in danger of committing (or who have committed) a grave offense against God. We are to do this out of charity to our neighbor and never in a way that is demeaning or would cause them to turn away from the Church.  We we correct someone, we should always remember the dignity of the person, and correct them in private (Matthew 18:5). Given a sufficiently grave condition of spiritual distress calling for succour in this way, this commandment may exact fulfilment under pain of mortal sin. This is reckoned to be so only when the delinquency to be corrected or prevented is a grievous one; there is no good reason to believe that the sinner will adequately provide for himself; there is a well-founded expectation that the admonition will be heeded; there is no one else just as well fitted for this work of Christian charity and likely to undertake it; there is no special trouble or disadvantage accruing to the reformer as a result of his zeal.     (source) Living This Out Today: Know someone who is about to do something that is against what God taught us?  Simply telling them what could happen if they continue their actions.  Always reminding them that to steer...

The Challenge of Protecting Dignity from the Beginning

I love walking in the afternoons around my neighborhood and seeing the children come out of school with their book bags and so excited to tell their parents of their day.  The first look of excitement to share practically everything is a beautiful sight.  Even though we home school, I encourage my daughter to share with her father the best part of her day.  Her experiments, and even read something new that she would love to share with him. Of course this is the early years of school, and soon the school children will be tempted to do things, against the books like some of us were (and are) most likely tempted.     How It Begins   One day, these school children will be told by their friends that they managed to get a high score on their test because they cheated.  They kept answers nearby, or hid them to get along.  When [some of ] these school children become adults, they will find ways to cheat the system.  They will not only learn how to cheat the system, but learn how to redefine the system and make it work for them. The funny thing about this, is that it comes from one source, a single word that can sums all this up.  Scandal. Funny right?  How a single word, (that happens to be the hit show on ABC Thursday) can rear its head in our lives, but let’s think about this for a moment.   The Challenge of Protecting Dignity from the Beginning Click To Tweet What Is Scandal?   Scandal is attitude or behavior that causes someone to do something that...

Comfort In God’s Presence

My husband told me, as we are waiting on news for our family: “Things will get harder before they will get easier.” Of course when he mentioned this, I said, how much harder can they be?  It is already hard enough already.  We are already in the face of different ideologies that could be potentially dangerous if not kept in check.  But I naively thought that there was no way it can get worse before we truly know the outcome of the news. My husband’s words, was a warning for us.  I’m not sure if he even knew the words that he said, but I stood up straighter, and taller.  An impending battle was about to take place, and it will happen in my home.  I’m not talking about fighting, I’m talking about spiritual warfare. My husband said those words 2 weeks ago, and the battle has waged on.  In the past two weeks, we have been in Spiritual Warfare.  In the meantime, we grow weary, and tired, but we are ever vigilant.  Not only have errors pretending to be truth have emerged, my parenting has come under attack. I take comfort in the Lord.  I take comfort in His Grace.  That what’s been going on is not only a test of my Spiritual life, but if I will indeed stand up for truth–out of love.  Not only out of love for our Lord, but out of love for my fellow brothers and sisters through Christ. Our Lord has groomed me for the past two years.  My faith has deepened, and I have gained deeper understanding.  In these years,  I have...
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